The Carolina Panthers’ Thomas Davis is paying a high price for his big hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams as the league suspended him two games on Monday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news before the league issued its official statement on the matter.
Panthers’ LB Thomas Davis is being suspended two games, per sources. He will appeal.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 18, 2017
Thomas Davis has been suspended 2 games for violation of safety-related playing rules pic.twitter.com/nJfRUjn61m
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) December 18, 2017
If the suspension is upheld, Thomas will miss the remainder of the regular season for the Panthers, who are competing with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons for the NFC South crown. Carolina’s last two games this month are against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Falcons.
Thomas blindsided Adams on a block after Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tossed an interception. Davis immediately expressed regret for the hit, something that Adams didn’t seem to care for when he took to criticize the Panthers linebacker on social media.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed late Monday that Adams in the concussion protocol with his second concussion of the year.
McCarthy on Davante Adams: He's doing good. He's in the concussion protocol. The concern is it's his second one this year.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 19, 2017